This project is an exploration of what it means for a work to be considered art, as well as a discovery of personal artistic practice. Some ideas explored here are environment, aestheticism, and pop culture.
The initial concept for this project was conceived while walking through the via’s of Florence, at a time when I was both living in and studying the culture. When studying a culture such as theirs, art is an antithesis to all. But in my time at the Uffizi, Palazzo Pitti, and scouring the countless chapels, I found little of the art to be relatable, and could seldom captured my attention. The places my attention was drawn to were at the boutiques of Italian designers, on the streets watching performers, but most of all in paper making shops.
In the marbling shop down the street from the Pitti Palace, I observed the local way of paper marbling, used mainly for mass produced goods. While watching the local artisan, I realized how many people would walk into this store and not think twice how interesting the papers and fabrics are in context to the art of the institutions near by. But why not? After all, paper marbling is really just the use of paints on paper, but with some science mixed in. So isn’t that valuable art, not crafts?
After leaving the store, I pondered on how I as a photographer could utilize this technique. The outcome of that interaction is displayed here, illustrations from my mind. I had no idea if this was possible, or how to do it. But I in the years since living in Florence, I self taught marbling by making small scale pieces for months, after this i increased the size for this project; painting the backdrops (also the mat board around the image), shirts, and exterior of the frame.
Ultimately, this work is reckoning with what it means in my experience to simply create “art” without having to have an overt meaning, while also creating works that are accessible and simply alluring. What each viewer takes away is entirely subjective from my initial conception that had no real rhyme or rhythm, but was for the sake of creating a new style building on an existing ones.